Regional Exhibits circa Colorado and the West

Open: A Juried Exhibition at the C4FAP

Open: A Juried Exhibition

The Center for Fine Art Photography

December 5, 2014 – January 10, 2015

  • Artist Speaker Series: Friday, December 5 at 5pm; artists’ reception follows from 6-8pm
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Zeren Badar - Very First Accident

In the spirit of the theme, I maintained a level of openness, and gathered works that, to me, felt curious, attentive, vital, or eager. This includes images that are deeply personal and emotional, experimental or conceptual, story-based documentaries reflecting a social or political climate, as well as everything in between (or beyond). - Shane Lavalette  

Featuring the work of Pascal Amoyel, Sophie and Cedric, Zeren Badar, Rachael Banks, Seza Bali, Paul Baumann, Sarah Elizabeth Borst, Skott Chandler, Carlos Chavarria, Alan Coret, Robert Covington, Matthew Cronin, Benjamin Davis, Leah Edelman-Brier, Erin Geidman, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Matt Henry, Tracy Hoffman, Matthew Hogan, Jon Horvath, Sachiko Kawanabe, Bernadette Keating, Kim Won, Alexandra Lethbridge, Joe Lingeman, Jennifer Loeber, qian Ma, Kerry Mansfield, Antonio Martinez, Miranda Maynard, Noelle McCleaf, Nick Meyer, Zora Murff, Ricardo Nagoaka, Richard Paul, Jessica Pierotti, Victoria Ridgeway, Alyssa Salomon, Michael Sherwin, Motohiro Takeda, Clara Wildberger, and David Wolf.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

Fort Collins Museum of Art

November 1 - December 27, 2014

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Fort Collins Museum of Art in Fort Collins, CO is pleased to announce Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, an exhibition that captures the spark, sex appeal and sensation that was Marilyn Monroe. Andy Warhol, Milton H. Greene, Cecil Beaton, Eve Arnold, Antonio de Felipe, and Henri Cartier-Bresson are just a few of the famed artists featured in this exhibition, whose depictions of Marilyn helped immortalize her as a cultural icon. This exhibition documents the legendary life of America’s favorite sex symbol in styles ranging from fashion photography to Pop Art. Organized by sairally Fine Arts & Consulting, Hamburg, Germany, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Composed of works by more than 50 artists, Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon highlights the many sides of this 1950s glamourous and immortal legend through shots of well-loved movie scenes, familiar publicity photos, biographical glimpses into Monroe’s private moments and various artistic interpretations of the starlet. Featuring paintings, photographs and video, this celebration of Marilyn Monroe exemplifies how her iconic image still electrifies the world over half a century after her death.

The images featured in this exhibition illustrate not only the recognizable celebrity, but also Marilyn’s struggle to empower herself. Along with photographs by Eve Arnold, Peter Stackpole and Bob Henriques, the exhibition includes a series of silver gelatin prints by world-renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton, including a photograph reported to be Marilyn’s favorite picture of herself–-lying across a bed in a white dress, holding a carnation to her breast.

During her brief career from 1947 to 1962, Marilyn made a lasting impression on Hollywood, appearing in 30 films. Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon depicts recognizable moments in her film career, such as the famous subway grate scene with Thomas Ewell in Seven Year Itch by Sam Shaw, as well as pensive, behind-the-scenes shots by photographers Ernst Haas and Henri Cartier-Bresson on the set of The Misfits, Marilyn’s last film.

The star struggled to balance her career and love-life, marrying and divorcing three times. Her second and third marriages were both highly publicized, and photographs like George Silk’s tearful Marilyn illustrate how the actress was unable to keep her private life out of the limelight.

A great loneliness can be felt in many of Marilyn’s photographs. As images by friend and photographer George Barris demonstrate, Marilyn’s light and radiance was often a façade constructed for the public eye, disguising her frequently dark moods. Barris’ photographs from 1962, showing the starlet laughing and striking poses, are some of the last taken of the actress who was found dead in her Brentwood, California, home on August 5, 1962.

Though her life ended prematurely at the young age of 36, the world’s fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s magnetic appeal and much publicized private life has continued to thrive over time. A unique personification of femininity, naïveté and sexuality, there will never be another Marilyn Monroe.

Organized by sairally Fine Arts & Consulting, Hamburg, Germany, Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Charles and Collin Parson: Continuance at the CSFAC

Charles and Collin Parson: Continuance

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

October 25, 2014 - February 15, 2015

  • Members-Only Preview: Friday, October 24, 5-7pm; Meet artists Charles and Collin Parson
  • Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 25, 11am; tour the exhibition with Charles and Collin Parson
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Collin Parson, Untitled (from the Divided Series), 16' diameter, wood, color changing led's and arduino, 2014 

As artists, Charles Parson and his son Collin are exemplary of what Charles describes as a continuance, as “overlapping generations, sleeving one era into another.” Although their work is very different, each artist creates objects that remind viewers of the extraordinary possibilities intrinsic in common, often industrial, materials.

Charles’s large-scale sculptures impose a poetic elegance on industrial steel and glass. Although technological in their foundations and architectural in their construction, these sculptures are the artist’s response to the expansive space of the west.

In Collin’s work, controlled light transforms interior spaces into stunning atmospheric experiences. Collin states that his goal is to “push the viewer beyond everyday limits of perception.” Together, Charles’ and Collin’s works will occupy the Fine Arts Center’s El Pomar Gallery and will create an experience that connects disparate spaces and, by extension, inspires viewers to recognize awareness of their shared space as they move among the monumental sculpture and light-filled galleries.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie at GoCA

Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie: PLAY

GOCA1420 Gallery on the UCCS Campus (Colorado Springs)

October 24 - December 13, 2014

  • Public reception: Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm
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Sean O'Meallie - Punch Party
 
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) announces PLAY, a new exhibit in the GOCA1420 (campus) gallery space featuring artists Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie opening Friday, October 24 and on display through December 19, 2014. A public reception will be held on Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm. All events are free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Jason Chase (UCCS ’03) paints at larger-than-life scale, rendering hyper-realistic and brightly colored works referencing Americana and pop culture sources. Sean O'Meallie is renowned for creating eye-catching, thought provoking, and beautifully crafted wood and multi-media sculptures with multi-layered content that packs a punch. Together, these two artists invite you to the UCCS campus gallery this fall to PLAY. The exhibit is part of the Gerry Riggs Memorial Fund Exhibition Series and funded in part by UCCS Visual and Performing Art Department (VAPA). About the Artists

Jason Chase received his BA in Fine Arts from UCCS in 2000, and an MFA in Painting in 2003 from Boston University, where he studied with artist John Walker. He has exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. He is currently represented in Boston by the Gold(Au) Gallery on Tremont Street. Chase teaches drawing and painting at the college level in and around the Boston area.

Jason Chase states, “I was raised by a television in suburban America -- tuned in to all the big, bold, shiny things being sold in big, bold, shiny commercials. One of my first memories is the colors of the cereal aisle flashing by as I rode in my mom’s grocery cart. I still see things this way. I’m more likely to notice an ad on the side of the highway than the forest behind it. We all try to isolate ourselves from the unfamiliar, I'm exploring it with these works.” Sean O’Meallie is from New Orleans, LA. He studied art at the University of New Orleans and served as assistant to noted artist Ida Kohlmeyer while there. For ten years he worked as a toy inventor based out of New York, NY, creating toy concepts for the international marketplace. O’Meallie moved to Colorado in 1977 and taught studio art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for nine years.

Sean O’Meallie states: “In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility. In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways.”

O’Meallie’s sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York, NY, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO., among many others. His monumental sculpture “Cowboy Pajamas” - a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn - is permanently installed in downtown Denver, CO. In 2011, O’Meallie created The Manitou Chair Project, a half-mile long outdoor installation utilizing the people, townscape and possessions of the residents of Manitou Springs, CO.
 
GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries - one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Alternative Processes at C4FAP

Alternative Processes

The Center For Fine Art Photography

October 3 - November 1, 2014

  • October 3rd: Friday at Five Artist Panel; talk begins at 5pm; Artist Reception from 6-8pm
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Braille Bunny By Heather Oelklaus

The Center for Fine Art Photography is proud to present Alternative Processes with Juror Christopher James, a selection of 76 photos created using various historic photographic techniques. As stated by Juror Christopher James, alternative process image making “has its heartbeat strongly allied to a tradition of making images by hand, using light and chemistry.” See how each of these photos lends itself to the notion of “new photography,” while still employing old traditions.

Help us welcome the exhibiting artists of Alternative Processes at The Center for Fine Art Photography on Oct. 3, 2014! This collection is entirely Alternative Process works by 73 artists from across the globe. Celebrate the unique quality of the one of a kind, handmade photographs in the Main Gallery.

+ Friday at Five Artist Panel | Friday, Oct 3rd at 5:00 pm. A panel of Artists including Bear Kirkpatrick, Jamey Stillings, and K.K. DePaul will discuss the exhibitions and works hanging in the galleries.

+ Alternative Processes Artist and Public Reception from 6-8 in the Main Gallery

+ Mingle with the artists from Alternative Processes as well as exhibiting solo artists Bear Kirkpatrick and Jamey Stillings

+ Sponsored by C4FAP and in part by Odell Brewing, and Fort Fund.

+ Exhibitions and Receptions at C4FAP are always free and open to the public.

Exhibiting Artists: Alice Bailey, Mariana Bartolomeo, Cynthia Morgan Batmanis, Susan Bryant, Conor Culver, K.K. DePaul, Marcus Desieno, Barbara Dombach, Anne Eder, Romy Eijckmans, Kellye Grace Eisworth, Ross Faircloth, Diane Fenster, Toni Gentilli, Daniel George, Sophie Gibbings, Susan Glover, Susan Goldstein, Jake Groenhof, Raymond Grubb, Sarah Hamburger, Ricardo Hantzschel, Ralph Hassenpflug, Wolfgang Hastert, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Brett Henrickson, Helen Hoffelt, Karen Hymer, Jonathan Michael Johnson, Kat Kiernan, Arie Knoops, Peter M. Lindstrom, Travis Lovell, Cary Loving, Bob Marckese, Alyssa Maurin, James Mignogna, Scott Murphy, Heather Oelklaus, Kathryn Oliver, Gloria Oyarzabal, Beverly Raynor, Vicki Reed, Michelle Robinson, Brenda Roger, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Bailey Russel, Euphus Ruth, Danielle Saler, Pablo Serrano, Kathleen Sharp, Judy Sherrod, Yukiko Shimizu, Sara Silks, Michelle Smith-Lewis, Caitlyn Soldan, S. Gayle Stevens, Jerome Sturm, Taylor Suppha-Atthasitt, Jasmine Swope, Keith Taylor, Natalie Titone, Shari Trennert, Kathleen Velo, Melanie Walker, Marydorsey Wanless, Scott Weber, Jeanne Wells, Bill Westheimer, Adrian Whipp, Mark Zimmerman, Zoe Zimmerman

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Center Forward at The Center For Fine Art Photography

Center Forward 

The Center For Fine Art Photography

July 18 - August 30, 2014

  • Juror: Hamidah Glasgow
  • Artistʼs and Public Reception: Friday, August 1st from 5-9pm; Mingle with the juror and visiting artists. Sponsored in kind by Odell Brewing Co and in part by Fort Fund
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Pat Swain: A Lost Flamingo and a Lost Pelican

Exhibiting artists include: Linda Alterwitz, Tami Bahat, Lindsay Beal, Christa Blackwood, Joan Lobis Brown, Ellen Cantor, Larry Clark, Houston Cofield, Francis Crisafio, Catherine Day, K.K. DePaul, Roy DiTosti, Miska Draskoczy, Johan Entchev, Marco Ferraris, Lynnes Gaines, Randi Ganulin, Pauline Gola, Silvino González Morales, Jay Gould, Stuart Harrison, Pierre Hauser, Amanda Hess, Dennis Hodges, Lauren Howe, Noriko Ishihara, Margrieta Jeltema, Tomiko Jones, Katie Kalkstein, John Keedy, Sarah-Marie Land, Summer Lee, Simon Martin, Jennifer McClure, Hye-Ryoung Min, Robert Moran, Kathryn Oliver, Ke Peng, Meghann Riepenhoff, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, RyutenPaul Rosenblum, Rachel Spencer, Shaun Stanley, Pat Swain, Denise Tarantino, Lise Ulrich, Julia Überreiter, Daiki Usui, Jessica Van Fleteren, Pistolwish, Dianne Yudelson, and Tony Zaza

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Artistic Eye On History at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Artistic Eye On History: Fort Collins 150

Fort Collins Museum of Art

July 25 - September 28, 2014

  • Artists: Amelia Caruso, Bob Coonts, Louise Cutler, Jennifer Davey, Monica Deming, Clint Eccher, Diane Edwards, Diane Findley, Wendy Franzen, Jennifer Ivanovic, Mary McCauley, Dolores Rowland, Ajean Ryan, Two Sisters Mosaic (Jane Sullivan and Jean McBride), Eldon Ward, Laurie Beth Zuckerman
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Laurie Beth Zuckerman

From July 25th through September 28th, 2014 the Fort Collins Museum of Art will present an exhibition in honor of its Banner Health-Kaiser Permanente 2014 Masks Honorary Chair, Paula Edwards. Paula chose as her Honorary Chair project an exhibition that celebrates Fort Collins’ 150th anniversary and showcases the many outstanding artists who live and work in the Fort Collins Area. The exhibition will feature works of art that illustrate, comment upon or artistically re-envision historic events, important cultural or economic developments and important historic figures in the history of Fort Collins. The exhibition coincides with FC150 exhibition that opens in the fall of 2014 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

“This exhibit is a unique opportunity to look into the minds of several local artists and see what they see as they ponder the last century and a half of Fort Collins’ history,” said David Prosser, the museum’s Interim Executive Director.

Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are free.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Margaret Kasahara at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Margaret Kasahara: Between the Lines

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (El Pomar Gallery)

June 21 - September 28, 2014

  • Member's Opening Reception: Friday June 20th from 5 - 7 pm
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“Identity is mutable. We move between lines. We break free of lines. We define and redefine ‘who’ we are, even as ‘what’ we are remains mostly constant. As I interweave my interior life with my exterior experiences through my visual voice, I find that the more personal the work has grown, the more universal it has become.” —Margaret Kasahara

Margaret Kasahara is a Colorado Springs-based artist who has been exhibited and collected nationally. Kasahara’s artwork is an exploration of identity, at once personal and universal. As an Asian American of Japanese descent, the artist navigates between two cultures, combining her own memories history with pop cultural references to convey her everyday experience. Kasahara’s examination of identity acknowledges that we are all influenced by the culture in which we live and that many of us encounter misconceptions based solely on physical appearance. These assumptions, expectations, and stereotypes are all restrictions that she addresses and explores in her artwork.

According to the artist, “many of our attitudes concerning life, relationships, and identity are formed when we are impressionable children – absorbing ideas and beliefs which are influenced by the media and culture as well as through interpersonal relationships and experiences.” The influence of our early lives is paramount to the artist, stating that “children learn to read between the lines. Through her frequent use of dolls, toys, and cartoons associated with the Far East, Kasahara places them in a personal and contemporary context. Between the Lines is an exhibition of selections from five years of Kasahara’s work, demonstrating the evolution of her exploration with a clear thematic thread; the artist’s struggle to define her own identity for herself is one to which many will be able to relate.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Karen Halverson and Kevin O'Connell at the FCMoA

Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River, featuring Karen Halverson

The New West: Colorado Photography Now, featuring Kevin O'Connell (Gallery 101)

Fort Collins Museum of Art

May 16 - July 3, 2014

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Karen Halverson - Lodore Canyon CO
 
From May 16 to July 3, 2014, the Fort Collins Museum of Art will host an important exhibition of photographs by world-renowned photographer Karen Halverson that documents the flow of the Colorado River from its source in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado to its mouth at the Gulf of California. Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River captures the majestic beauty of the river’s course through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Baja California and Sonora. The exhibition also reveals how nature and the man-made environment co-exist in the American West.

Halverson lives in the Northeast, but fell in love with the American West during a cross-country trip to Stanford University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1963. She studied photography with Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz. Her photographs have been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Huntington Library and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Halverson’s panoramic views evoke historical and survey photography of the West by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Carleton Watkins. They also juxtapose nature and culture in a way that honors both. In an essay for the book about Halverson’s Colorado River photographs, William Deverell writes:

…the Colorado River carries the stories of the past through the American West. Glimpses of that past lie at the edges and in the shadows of Karen Halverson’s photographs: it is exciting to look at these pictures as ways to open up conversations with, and about, history.

A second exhibition in the museum’s Gallery 101 highlights the work of Colorado landscape photographer Kevin O’Connell. O’Connell’s spare photographs depict depleting (and depleted) water holes as well as the visual and psychological impact of energy development on the western plains. O’Connell is one of Colorado’s most accomplished photographers and his work; together with Halverson’s is an excellent point of departure in exploring our relationship with nature and her resources.

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students with ID and seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 7-18. Children 6 and under and museum members are free.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Masks 2014 at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Masks 2014

Fort Collins Museum of Art

April 4 - May 2, 2014

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Terry McNerney: The Fire of Music in Flight

Banner Health and Kaiser Permanente are the 2014 title sponsors of Masks, which marks its 10th anniversary as one of the most popular community arts event in Fort Collins and the northern Front Range. The 10th anniversary also pays tribute to one of FCMOA’s longtime supporters and early board president: Paula Edwards. Edwards is the Banner Health-Kaiser Permanente 2014 Masks Honorary Chair.

This year, over 200 community members–artists, business owners, students and residents–will display hidden talents in the form of highly individualized and creative masks. The masks are sold throughout the exhibition silent auction at the museum held from April 4-May 2 and at the Masks Gala Celebration live auction held on April 19.

The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults; $2.00 for students/seniors (over 65) and $1.00 for youth 6-17. Admission is free to museum members.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Portraits 2014 at the Center for Fine Art Photography

Portraits 2014

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

March 7 - April 5, 2014

  • Juror Amy Arbus
  • Public + Artist Reception: Friday April 4th from 6:00 - 9:00
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The Connection through Portraiture talk with juror Amy Arbus will be at 5:00 on Friday April 4th; free and open to the public, space is limited.

About C4FAP Founded in 2004 by photographers, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, solo exhibition, promotion, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Always Free, Public Welcome.  

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Amy Sillman at the Aspen Art Museum

Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two

Aspen Art Museum

February 14 - May 18, 2014

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Amy Sillman - Me & Ugly Mountain - 2013

the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) presents Amy Sillman: one lump or two, the first museum survey of the New York-based painter, including work from 1995 to the present.

Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) and presented there from October 3, 2013 to January 5, 2014, the AAM presentation of Amy Sillman: one lump or two is comprised of over sixty works including drawings, paintings, and ‘zines, as well as the artist’s recent forays into animated film, and traces the artist’s work from her early use of cartoon figures and a vivacious palette to her exploration of the diagrammatic line, the history of Abstract Expressionism, and her growing concern with the physicality of paint. Amy Sillman: one lump or two is curated by Helen Molesworth, the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA/Boston, and organized for the AAM by adjunct curator Jacob Proctor.  

Amy Sillman was born in Detroit in 1955. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Sillman earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Bard College in 1995. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2009. Her work has been widely exhibited and is included in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The first large scale survey of her work, one lump or two premiered at the ICA Boston in October 2013, and after its presentation at the AAM will also travel to the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.8050
http://aspenartmuseum.org

 

Strange and Wonderful at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem Volkersz Collection

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

February 8 — June 1, 2014

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This represents the Fine Arts Center’s first major foray into American folk art. The work of American folk artists is made outside the mainstream art establishment and remains close to the core of our essential human experience. That’s where collector Willem Volkersz found his inspiration. Strange and Wonderful highlights his extensive collection’s most dynamic works — pieces by self-taught artists who capture a raw passion and a sense of whimsy that recalls the essential creativity in all of us.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

The Power of Water at the Firehouse Art Center

The Power of Water

Firehouse Art Center

February 5 - March 2, 2014

  • Reception: Friday February 14 from 6-9pm
  • Co-curated by artist Angela Beloian
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Kate Petley, Chris Brown, Nikki Pike

The Power of Water, an exhibit of contemporary art at the Firehouse Art Center takes its cue from recent flooding along the Front Range. While the art center is planning an exhibit in 2015 focusing on personal flood stories, this current exhibit explores a broader interpretation of water as a powerful force for change. Co-curated by artist Angela Beloian, the exhibit features work by both emerging, recent graduates from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design as well as mid-career, nation-ally recognized artists. Exploring aspects of water through science, metaphor, politics and play, this exhibit brings together diverse interpretations on the theme.

Featuring Nikki Pike, Justin Beard, Jill Powers, Chris Brown, Paul Hildebrandt, Kate Petley, Sara Swaboda, Bonny Lhotka, Dawn Witter, Dmitri Obergfell, Travis Ramos of 2nd Mile Water & the BARTER Collective

Celebrating the Power of Water, we have invited the BARTER Collective to join our opening reception on February 14th in the Art Department. The BARTER Collective will collect flood related stories to dis-play in the Art Department during the Power of Water exhibition and as a prelude to the 2015 Flood exhibition.

The BARTER Collective is a part of The Flood Project: Rising Above & Restoring Boulder Through Art, commissioned by Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Boulder, with the support of Colorado Creative Industries. Stories will be collected during the entirety of the exhibition.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Devotional Cultures at the IDEA Space

Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest

IDEA Space at Colorado College (Colorado Springs)

January 20 - March 8, 2014

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The InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) program at Colorado College announces the opening of Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest. The exhibition will take place in the IDEA Space, located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Art Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A series of related lectures and events begins with a gallery talk on January 22 at 4:30pm. Details on events can be found online at http://www.theIDEAspace.com.

Devotional Cultures traces European Catholic imagery and ritual practices as they took root and evolved in Latin America, Central America, and the American Southwest. Featuring masterworks from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the exhibition demonstrates that, rather than existing as copies of European art, Spanish Colonial artworks reveal layers of global influences and responses to those influences over time, resulting in a distinctive style. The exhibition is curated from the collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by Michael Brown, Research Associate, Denver Art Museum New World Department and Rebecca Tucker, Associate Professor of Art History.

Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest is made possible by the generous contributions of the Sheffer Fund for Roman Catholic Studies, the Stillman Fund for Exhibitions, the Office of the President, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, the Office of the President, and the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund.  

IDEA Space at Colorado College
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.389.6066

Tue-Sat: 12:30-7pm
http://www.theIDEAspace.com

 

Wondrous Indeed at the C4FAP

Wondrous Indeed

The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

January 24 - February 22, 2014

  • Juror Phillip Toledano and several exhibiting artists will attend the First Friday reception celebrating the exhibition from 6-9 on Friday February 7th
  • Juror talk with Phillip Toledano at 5:00 preceding First Friday reception
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Kelsey Wagner - It's Gluten Free

This exhibition is bound to be unusual. The juror, Phillip Toledano is an internationally renowned photographer with an eye for finding the incredible in the everyday. While an image of a tree surrounded by floating cheese-balls is an actual unbelievable sculpture, the cat in the woman’s mouth is not. Both the real and the surreal combine to delight the senses in this exhibition. Expect to see things in a whole new way after seeing Wondrous Indeed.
THE CENTER WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE ARTISTS CHOSEN FOR THIS EXHIBITION

Exhibiting artists include: Allyson Anne Lamb, Tami Bahat, Celine Bardou, Clare Benson, Brenda Biondo, Meghan Boilard, Ricardo Bouyett, Michael Butler, Mike Enright, Dimitra Ermeidou, Mingshan Fan, Paul Greenberg, Jess Hardcastle, Melissa Hogan, David Howe, Thomas Jackson, Kate Jones, John Lewis, Michael Loderstedt, Melissa Lynn, Toby MacLennan, Lilliana Marie, Yvette Meltzer, Logan Mock-Bunting, Enrique Munoz-Garcia, Tamy Novak, Jenny Papalexandris, Lori Pond, Jessica Rech, Randhy Rodriguez, Jacinda Russell, Leah Schretenthaler, Harriet Stein, Gordon Stettinius, Alison Turner, Benita VanWinkle and Kelsey Wagner

About C4FAP

Since 2004, The Center for Fine Art Photography has been a preeminent supporter of photography. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the Center is supported globally with donations, grants, and memberships. Based in Fort Collins, CO, the Center for Fine Art Photography offers three public galleries, classes, and online exhibitions that give photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the world an opportunity to engage with the Center and it’s community. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership, becoming a donor and exhibitions, please visit the website at c4fap.org.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Stoner, Williams & Wolff at the Firehouse Art Center

Studio Spotlight: Stoner, Williams & Wolff

Featuring the Longmont Clay Artists

Firehouse Art Center

January 1 - February 2, 2014

  • Opening Reception for all artists: Friday, Jan 10 [from] 6-9 PM
  • Artist Talk with Studio Artists: Saturday, Feb 1 [from] 7-9 PM
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The Firehouse Art Center presents an exhibition featuring three of our in house Studio Artists; Rick Stoner, Dwayne Wolff and Martha Williams. The artists together have a combined 44 years at the Firehouse. Their mediums range from watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media and print making.

The main gallery will also feature 17 local clay artists in both sculptural and functional work.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Monica Deming and Alex Alvis

Monica Deming and Alex Alvis

The Loveland Feed & Grain

Opening Reception: Friday January 10 from 6-9pm

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Arts @ The Feed & Grain will exhibit the work of artists, Monica Deming and Alex Alvis, whose work revolves around memory and time gone by and will feature the Memories Project.

Painter and illustration artist, Monica Deming is a longtime Northern Colorado resident and arts professor at CSU. Deming will showcase work that "deals with the transience of memory - and how undependable our memories are." According to the artist everything she creates is an attempt to relive information -"to share it hoping to gain insight on what is real."

Alex Alvis, has lived in Colorado most of her life. Alvis's unique bronze sculptures focus on horses, their spirit, their nature, and their beauty. While always an artist it is only in the last five years that Alvis has been working as a professional sculptor.

"After seeing Monica's beautiful paintings that referenced farm land and history, I knew they would be an ideal fit for the historic Feed & Grain;" said curator Megan Tracy. Tracy asked Alex to join in the show shortly after. “I was looking for a sculptor who created contemporary farm animals to complement Monica's work.” The art work helps complete the story about the Feed and Grain, conceptually through art.

This exhibit goes hand-in-hand with the ongoing Memories Project, an effort focused on documenting and preserving the rich history of The Feed & Grain. Currently data, photos, ephemera and artifacts are on display at In The Meantime Gallery.

"Arts @ the Feed & Grain" is funded in part by ArtPlace America, a national creative placemaking program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and by the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program. Art Works.

Arts @ The Feed & Grain is committed to bringing programs that support innovative art experiences of all disciplines working in the avant-garde. Visit the Loveland Feed & Grain every 2nd Friday from 6-9pm for live music and fine art.  

The Loveland Feed & Grain
130 W 3rd Street
Loveland, CO 80537
970.673.6252
http://www.lovelandfeedandgrain.com

 

The Affordable Art Exhibition at Firehouse Art

The Affordable Art Exhibition

Firehouse Art Center (Longmont)

December 11 - 29, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 6-9pm
  • In the Art Department: Phone-Ography
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Marco Pino-Yancovic, Britt Ripley, Amanda Gadomski

The Firehouse Art Center presents an Affordable Art Exhibition, self-curated by local artists and artisans. The FAC will transform from a fine art gallery to an exciting holiday gift market featuring hand-made items by local artists with a wide range of mediums, products and price points. Shoppers and collectors alike will enjoy buying original art and gifts, while supporting the thriving and vital Longmont arts community.

Artists include (and are subject to change): Rose Lynch, Marco Pino-Yancovic, Kristine Hill, Karen Poulson, Mysti Gulsrud, Amanda Gadomski, John Goyer, Maura Reiman, Nancy Champion, Lisa Sol, Maya Heneghan, Deborah Coccoli, Lindsey Wohlman, Suzanne Frazier, Renee G Noel, Gerri Bradford, Elaine Waterman, Marian Hoffman Ting, Terrance Poor Thunder, Britt Ripley, Nancy Rynes, Satterly Family, Savannah G, Leslie Emerson, Barb Sparkle Bee, Rocketman, Jennifer Sheperd & Tony Ortega

PHONE-OGRAPHY

Our second annual Phone-Ography exhibition will take over the Art Department with phone-photography from professionals and novices alike. With the growth of smart phones, phone photography is fast becoming one of the most accessible and popular forms of creative expression. The intent of this exhibition is to showcase the ability of an artist to produce stunning photography and film with simply a mobile phone and a good eye. As accomplished photographer Chase Jarvis famously said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” All images will be printed, hung and sold by the Firehouse Art Center. Our call for Phone-Ography artists is open until November 25th.

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
http://www.firehouseart.org

 

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Cochran Collection at the Fort Collins Museum of Art

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Cochran Collection

Fort Collins Museum of Art

December 13, 2013 – March 16, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday December 12 from 4:00-7:00pm
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On December 13, the Fort Collins Museum of art will open a major exhibition of Andy Warhol (1928-1987) prints from the Cochran Collection. The exhibition will run through March 16, 2014. The exhibition includes works from various periods of the artist’s career and features complete sets of his prints from the important Myths and Cowboys and Indians series. The collection also includes two versions of Moonwalk and images of the famous from Mick Jagger to Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Acrylics, silkscreens, and one drawing created between 1974 and 1987 are included.

Denver photographer Mark Sink met Warhol during his visit to CSU and ended up spending time with Warhol and his entourage. A selection of the photographs of Warhol in Fort Collins by Mark Sink will be displayed in FCMOA’s gallery 101 along with a documentary video about Warhol.

This exhibition is presented through the generous support of EKS&H, The Fort Fund, and The Susan Shannon Education Fund.

Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-482-2787
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
http://www.ftcma.org

 

Ellen O'Brien at the CS FAC

Ellen O'Brien: The Prevalence of Line

Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

December 14, 2013 - March 16, 2014

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Ellen O’Brien: The Prevalence of Line at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center

Ellen O’Brien: The Prevalence of Line will be a potent retrospective surveying the artist's rich and varied career. This exhibition developed following the inclusion of O'Brien's work in the FAC's 2009 exhibition Colorado Springs Abstract. Although Ellen O'Brien passed away in October, the FAC continued to work with her sons on the exhibition.

"Ellen's art truly captures the spirit of adventure, skill, mystery and experimentation that drove art forward from the mid-20th century-on. She was among the artists who gave strength and significance to our culture in the Pikes Peak region. I was privileged to include her art in the FAC's 2009 exhibition Colorado Springs Abstract, and I enjoyed her seriousness as an artist and her amazing sense of humor as we planned for her upcoming show. I will deeply miss working with Ellen." – FAC Museum Director and Chief Curator Blake Milteer

When she first came to Colorado Springs, Ellen O’Brien (1922 - 2013) brought with her the precise drawing skills, creative experience, and independence she was afforded at Cornell University and Detroit’s Cranbrook Academy of Art. After a short stay here, O’Brien moved to Paris to work in the studio of painter Fernand Léger, who following Pablo Picasso, had helped develop the visual language of Cubism.

After her return to Colorado Springs in 1951, O’Brien taught at the Fine Arts Center School, where she made a series of lithographs with master printmaker Lawrence Barrett, adding to her advanced skills in drawing and painting. Around this time, O'Brien was among the a small number of Colorado artists to adopt abstraction - a form that was redefining the art world. In her abstract paintings, she continued to create elegant and powerful images through dynamic compositions of undulating and intersecting lines surrounded by strong color. This exhibition celebrates the consistent development of line from O'Brien's early figure studies to her later abstract paintings.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 West Dale Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.634.5583
http://www.csfineartscenter.org

 

Family at the Center for Fine Art Photography

Family

Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins)

December 6 - 31, 2013

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Tom M. Johnson - Triplets

(from the press release)

What makes a family? It’s complicated, but you’ll find 47 artists’ versions of this varied idea in the Family exhibition. The juror, Kate Ware, is one of the most respected photography curators in the country and this exhibition is a realization of her vision of Family. There is an image of a Roller Derby woman at home with her family, images about traditional family life and not so traditional. The exhibition, right in time for the holidays, is glimpse inside the pain, joy, love, and loss that make up families of all kinds.

Exhibiting artists include: Alpana Aras-King, Nicole Avey, Sarah Baranski, Yael Ben-Zion, Brian Braff, Sam Cannon, Paris Carter, Rocco Ceselin, Daniel Coburn, Norma Garcia, Deborah Hunter, Ellen Jacob, Kathryn Jacobi, Tom M. Johnson, Siobahn Keleher, Bruno Leite da Luz Carvalho, William Lemke, Lora Lord-Fread, Sonia Macak, Ann Madden, Brittian McJunkin, Monika Merva, Ann Mitchell, Daniel Neuner, Kate T. Parker, Daniel Peebles, Shannon Piserchio, Kate Pollard, Jerry Rawlings, Aileen Reilly, Andy Richter, Coleman Rogers, Allen Rosen-Ducat, Charles Rozier, Stacy Slaten, Ali Smith, Michael Teres, Michael Thomas, Alison Turner, Stacie Turner, Marissa Webb, Heinrich Wegmann, Dana West, Christian Wilbur, Kate Wilhelm and Jennifer Wilkey

The Center for Fine Art Photography
(in the Poudre River Arts Center)
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970.224.1010
Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Sunday: Closed
http://www.c4fap.org

 

Holt Quentel and Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands at the AAM

Holt Quentel

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands

Aspen Art Museum

November 15 to January 19 (Quentel) and to February 2 (Trapping Lions)

  • Reception: Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • Gallery conversation about Quentel’s work: Thursday January 16, 2014 at 6pm, featuring the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Associate Professor, art writer, and curator Terry R. Myers
QUENTEL
Holt Quantal - White Plastic Side Chair Caster Base, Eames for Herman Miller/Foam with Duct Tape - 1990
Orange Plastic Armchair Tube Steel Base, Eames for Herman Miller/Grateful Dead Decal - 1989
Images courtesy of the artist

Holt Quentel (b. 1961) achieved recognition in the late 1980s for her paintings made from distressed tarpaulins stenciled with letters and symbols. At Stux Gallery in New York in 1990, Quentel presented an exhibition of modified side chairs designed by Charles Eames and mass-produced by Herman Miller, which she embellished with kitschy fabric coverings, Grateful Dead stickers, and other decals. Falling somewhere between the readymade and found object assemblage, Quentel’s sculptures personalized these highly uniform icons of modern design, touching on what she described as “the contradictions inherent in the utopian desire to create a universal commodity” and ironically addressing the social implications of the modernist aesthetic. Shortly after this exhibition, Quentel absented herself from the art world.

Despite the mystery surrounding her self-imposed exile, Quentel and her works have maintained a vital, if underground, presence. Now, twenty-three years later, the Aspen Art Museum brings these objects back together for the artist’s first solo museum presentation, which features seventeen distinct works incorporating Quentel’s altered Eames-designed chairs, and reopens this little-known body of work to new discourse and new evaluation.

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands: Nine-artist exhibition highlights narrative complexity, ambiguity and disjunction in contemporary art

Curated by Jacob Proctor


Borrowing its title from Alfred Hitchcock’s explanation of the MacGuffin—the element in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion usually despite its lack of intrinsic importance—Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands highlights questions of narrative complexity, disjunction, and ambiguity in recent art. Whether presenting fictionalized versions of actual events, archival documentation of an unverifiable or even wholly invented past, or musing on the aesthetics of the murder mystery, the works in the exhibition often blur the line between fiction and reality. Some weave fragmentary tales around elusive or even entirely absent centers. In other cases, arrangements of objects or images become points of departure for open-ended stories that unfold only in the mind of the viewer. Such works often prompt us to become something of a detective, only to discover that narrative itself can be a kind of MacGuffin—important not so much for the story it tells as for the formal and conceptual moves that its structure makes possible.

Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands features: Mac Adams, Matthew Brannon, Victor Burgin, Katarina Burin, Gerard Byrne, Alejandro Cesarco, Saskia Olde Wolbers, John Smith, and Kerry Tribe 

Aspen Art Museum
590 North Mill Street
Aspen, CO 81611
970.925.8050
http://aspenartmuseum.org

 

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